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focus by the united states on the problems of terrorism and in giving assistance to the government of yemen and following 2003 when there was a sense that al qaeda had been defeat indeed yemen, much of that dropped off. the amount 06 attention, the amount of resources that we gave to yemen dropped off significantly. and since 2006, with the reconstitution of al qaeda in yemen, only platedly has the united states sort of focused again on the problem there and of course the reason why we're talking about it this morning is because omar farooq aomar that took took omar farooq kathwari was coming from yemen. caller: my question is how long have we been with this war against yemen? i mean, i don't mean to go to a conspiracy theory but i read in ha general petraeus and another went down there so when tough head of arms services committee go to yemen, they are not just going to see if it's -- >> well, i wouldn't characterize it at all as a war in yemen. and senator mccain is my former boss. i worked for him for 5 1/2 years on foreign policy and so i can state categorically what was on his
with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father coughlin. chaplain coughlin: almighty god , true humility will not automatically come to us when we choose to bow our heads in prayer or when we acknowledge our since and shortcomings. more often we are most humbled when overwhelming circumstances far exceed our control or natural disasters or human events surprise us. lord, the horrific tragedy of biblical proportions in haiti has deeply touched us all. at the same time, this island community is called forth a flood of compassionate prayer and created a mighty forest of coordinating resources, personal generosity and heroic action. grant wisdom, prudence and fortitude to rescue workers, medical teams and caretakers who deliver aid and supplies. your mighty presence is known, lord, when true poverty casts a fresh light on another's wealth. when t
requirements for individuals lying to the united states. every individual applying to the united states from anywhere in the world who has an itinerary are passed for from nations that are sponsors of terrorism or countries of interest are in charge go through -- are required to go through enhanced screening. others will go through random threat based enhanced screening. at airports throughout the u.s. we have airport law enforcement officials and security measures but seen and unseen. i want to express our thanks for the traveling public for their patience with the increased security measures. i want to thank the department of homeland security personnel who have been engaged on a day- to-day basis to implement them since christmas. today i would like to describe to you five of the recommendations that are included in our report to the president. first, there needs to be an evaluation and modification of the criteria and process used to create the terrorist watch list. this will involve the border, and security and other members of the intelligence community. the effort will include evaluat
started talking about a stimulus package in the united states that was coupled -- and i stress this point -- that was coupled with an indication of how we are going to deal with the united states' medium term budget problems. we will see the largest buildup in peacetime public debt. how we deal with that is critical. i was talking about an "l" shaped recovery, i was not really focusing on the downside risks that i see. i would say some of them have been mentioned and have a very good chance of materializing in 200010. -- in 2010. the middle of 2010 is the short term. the long term is beyond 2010. the full risks that i would indicate -- the four risks that i would indicate, and i would put them in the order of the way i worry about them. the first is the situation in europe. philip correctly mentioned parallels with the convertibility plan. these countries really have to be dealing with budget deficits that are in double digits in the middle of a recession without having an exchange rate mechanism or independent monetary policy to deal with it. that is a risk. that is a train wreck waiting
to help haiti address its own problems. many haitian americans living in the united states have technical expertise in areas such as agriculture, education, health care and infrastructure and would like to return to haiti to assist their people. my bill creates a mechanism to transfer this knowledge in order to meet the needs and the goals of haiti. beyond that we need to ensure that we find other innovative ways to build human capacity, such through education alex changes, programs like i have proposed and other members, the chirly chisholm act, now more than ever, haiti needs the support of its neighbor to the north. even as we deal with our own problems during these tough economic times, we must not turn a blind eye to the untold human suffering just off our shores. today we express our continued support for haiti, we stand in solidarity with the haitians and the haitian americans who have lost loved ones, with the united states citizens still trapped on the island. we stand in solidarity with the rescue workers who have devoted their time and their treasure to help people they do not
to establish a good relationship with the president of the united states because the united states is so a important to our vital interests, economic, security interests. they are our best ally and closest neighbor. they are our very best friend in the world as well and we should not forget that. we have established a good relationship. we have been working to align our approach is on a number of economic and environmental issues. i enjoy working with president obama. i do not envy him. his challengers are much greater than mine. they have so many more global responsibilities dain canada but the problems with the economy, health care, you name it, there frankly so much more. i do not envy his position. as i have said to my american friends, we are here to try and be helpful while protecting our own interests. >> you were recently in china. let's get your perception of the premier who seemed to give you a dressing down for taking so long to come. they are in very powerful players. when was your perception? >> we attend international summits quite regularly and i have had a chance to have
in the pledge. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from american samoa, mr. faleomavaega, is recognized for one minute. mr. faleomavaega: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. faleomavaega: madam speaker , it is my great honor and pleasure to welcome the reverend to the chamber today. reverend samuel, as he's properly known in our smowan community, is from -- samoan community, is from my home district in american samoa. he's part of the congregational christian church in american samoa. he was appointed secretary to the partnership consultation committee of the administrative initiative of the church of christ. he was ordained in the mid 1990's where he became pastor of the bread of life church in honolulu prior to becoming secretary of the ccas. to my knowledge he is the first american samoan to give the prayer to the house.
the united states and japan, between the foreign minister and secretary clinton. they're really starting to cement their relationship. i can sense the chemistry and the trust developing between the two. that's deeply gratifying. in addition, the secretary gave a speech really outlining -- to interact with asia when it comes to its fledgling international organizations. and so even though the trip was abriefiated, i think we got quite a bit of work done. as p.g.a. indicated, this is today we're marking the 50th anniversary of the u.s.-japan security alliance, the security partnership. it's no exaggeration to say that it has been the cornerstone and the foundation of everything that we've managed to accomplish over the course of the last few generations inin asia. and we hear this not just from japanese friends but throughout the region. over the course of the last couple of months, as the united states and japan worked together on a series of challenging matters, one of the things that's been most interesting and gratifying is how much we hear from other countries in the region, from sout
it is that defines what health insurance is acceptable if you're an individual citizen in the united states? is it the individual citizen? is it the 22-year-old that says i can't afford health insurance right now and i'm very healthy and i'm making the decision not to get health insurance, is he the one that decides what acceptable health insurance coverage is? of course, the answer is no. no, the answer is that the federal government knows what you need better than you do. and so the federal government is going to mandate that you have this coverage, and they're going to tell you what kind of coverage it is and you got to buy it. now, this raises kind of an interesting legal point, and that is, if the government mandates thaw have something or buy -- that you have something or buy something, isn't that essentially a tax increase? is that when you mandate that somebody has to buy a particular product, is that something that the federal government should be doing in this particular area? is it even constitutional? when it is a mandate, is it essentially a tax increase? or pay 2.5% of income
: please join me in the pledge. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mrs. capps: mr. speaker, i rise today in part of the wall street bonus tax act. it would right a terrible wrong. right now dozens of financial institutions responsible for the economic meltdown are reverting right back to their old bad habits. they're getting ready to pat themselves on the back for the great job they think they're doing by giving themselves billions of dollars in bonuses. but the thanks and the bonuses should go not to the bankers at goldman sachs and citigroup and the others, it should go back to the american people. it was the american people who stepped in and saved the banks from themse
places on the face of the planet. but this bill is about priorities on the united states of america. we are $12 trillion in debt. we're spending $600 million a day just in interest on that debt. this congress momentarilyly is going to have to raise -- moltary is going to have to raise the debt ceiling another $1 trillion. we don't have the money to do this. currently the national park service has an estimated $9 billion in backlog. $9 billion that they need to help with the national parks to preserve and to upgrade what we already have in our current holding. what the president will probably say in less than eight hours, create this air of oh, we have to be a little fiscally responsible. we ought to freeze a few things. for the second time in just over a week here we are going to come and look at this bill to acquire at the cost of $40 million to $50 million property with funds that we don't have. no longer can this government continue to use the government credit card -- decide to vote in favorite of this bill although it's just an authorization, although it's not an appropriation, are
, the united states and mexico into a trade zone. initially it did seem that some manufacturing was going to mexico, but a lot of those jobs in mexico actually ended up going to china and other parts of asia. i don't know. i guess it's argue ble -- argue -- arguable, those would have an impact on manufacturing in any case. and certainly technological change as factories become more automated they just use less workers. there are all sorts of arguments in that. host: minnesota, lynne democrat. caller: my name is duane. host: are you from minnesota? caller: yes. how comes the government don't want people in poverty to get out of poverty? host: what does that mean, dwayne? caller: i'm a disabled veteran and live with my mother or my mother lives with me. if i make any money over -- basically if i make any money they're going to cut my veteran pension completely. ok. i'm also on social security. ok. if i make over $800 a month they're going to cut my social security. so you can't make any money at all if you're sitting in a place like i am and me
and attention to the policies of freedom itself not only in the united states but around the world. for the first lecture we asked, is freedom for everyone? the speaker did so eloquently that our subsequent speakers have matched. we have heard from economic freedom, religious freedom, on whether the united nations advances the cause of freedom and the important relationship between security and freedom. advancing freedom is a major goal of the heritage foundation and important work that we do here. in fact tomorrow, we will release in hong kong and washington the 16th edition of the index of economic freedom. you will want to stay tuned because there is a bit of big and i'm afraid bad news in the index score for freedom in the united states. our speaker today is dr. charles krauthammer. on december 25, he described president obama's first year in office the year of living fec tilously. most of us know that he writes a column for the "washington post." less known is that he is a harvard educated medical doctor who was a resident of psychiatry at massachusetts general hospital. in 19
killed on khost, afghanistan, for their service to the united states and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. reyes, and the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry, each will control 20 minutes. and the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. reyes: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks on this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. reyes: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. reyes: on december 30, while many of us were watching football, traveling back from holiday visits with our families or preparing to usher in the new year with loved ones, seven members of the central intelligence agency family had their lives cut short in an attack on forward operating base chapman in khost, afghanistan. this was the deadliest day for the c.i.a. since the bombing of the beirut embassy in 1983. the news of this challengic -- t
forward, the united states and the international community must assure that investments made in rebuilding haiti are actually carried out through community based organization, faith-based entities, nongovernmental entities and nonprofit organizations. my personal hope is that a new generation of leaders will selflessly lead haiti onto a new path of prosperity, through integrity, hard work, transparency, perseverance and true democracy. thank you. >> thank you, very much, dr. francois. thank you, all of you, for helping lay out the magnitude of the challenge here and put a lot of ideas on the table about things we need to think about. we in the time frame that we have i think if we do seven-minute rounds, then every senator ought to have an opportunity to be able to ask questions. and if we could ask you to sort of keep the answers tight. obviously encompass everything that you want to but we want to here, if we can. on a personal note, let me just say, dr. farmer, speaking as a dad, i want to thank you for the example and the opportunity that you have shown my daughter who i know just valu
you paid in the united states? also, canada and mexico. i understand canadian wages are much higher. guest: i would really need to bring the manufacturing teams to talk about the wage structure. they are probably the right expert on the topic. in general, we are focused on building great cars, trucks, and crossovers. we have a number of examples where we are building some small cars in the u.s. is clearly a competitive environment out there. we are comparing the wage structure. i would say the salt salt [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> "washington journal" talked to several representtives of several car companies this morning. they are in washington, d.c.. next a look at ford motor company. put out by this restaurant, and they have given you the "don't give up the ship" award. what have you done that has led to your decision not needing government money? guest: the most important thing is we had a plan we were working on. we've got financing a bit earlier than others as well. we were able to see what was coming. i think we are proud of the fact we did not t
, however, is not to announce the beginning of yet another campaign for the united states senate, but to announce after 35 years of representing the people of connecticut in the united states congress, i will not be a candidate for reelection this november. i want to begin these very brief remarks by expressing my deepest gratitude to the wonderful people of connecticut, for the remarkable privilege of being elected eight times over the past four decades to our national assembly. you have honored me beyond words with your confidence. but me quickly add that there have been times when my position and actions have caused some of the to question that confidence. i regret that. but it is equally important that you know that i have never wavered in my determination to do the best job for our state and our nation. i love my job as your senator. i always have and still do. however, this past year has raised some challenges that insisted i take stock of my life. over the past 12 months, i have managed for major pieces of legislation through the united states congress. served as chair and
. and they are a critical source of support for north korean defectors in south iraq and in the united states. the roughly 100 north koreans in the united states are receiving help from corian and non-corian christian churches. -- korean and non-korean christian churches. i think that christians play an important role. >> we will try to squeeze in a few more questions. >> peter, thank you for your kind words. you mentioned the exchange-rate issue in german unification. any economist would say that the exchange rate policy that was settled upon by the german government hyde -- made no rational sense whatsoever, but there were powerful political crash -- but pressures of work -- powerful political pressures at work. what do you see the pressures of work on that issue when it comes time for the koreas to unify? who you think will be the contending forces? -- who do you think will be the contending forces? >> that is another really good question that i have not really started to consider. i will just give you a top of the head answer. given that trade unions are really only present at the top table, i think
's not just child's talk. that's for real. the united states of america to borrow a phrase from will rogers, the economics of america is in a deep hole. and will rogers says, what do you do when you find yourself in a deep hole? you stop digging. well, it's not so easy to stop digging. but essentially we have to find ways, this task force, over the next year, bipartisan, consensual, working together, we have to find a way to present to the congress and the president and the american people a budget. multiyear, many years, it will encompass many years. and it will provide to us a way out of this enormous, unsustainable debt. now, i want to start with one of the graphs we have up here. and if i were somebody who could tie a graph into a proposal, i'd make this graph part of our everyday life. i don't know if i'd put it on our forehead and get somebody to screw it up there or what. let me step up here and show you this one. it says debt held by the public. and the word public is not just individuals. it's countries, it's institutions that have bought debt from the united states for all united
association of police chiefs. we represent law enforcement throughout the united states. this is a critical issue, no matter what size your agency is. if you are a large agency like new york or if you are a one-man police department, the ability to share information and communicate that information in a timely fashion is critical to public safety. we support wholly the efforts to remove the d-block from the auction and to provide that for public safety. what we need to see is leadership, here in washington. you have heard or you will hear from the public safety people who say how important this is that we are able to communicate and not just law enforcement to law enforcement but law enforcement talking to fire services to emergency services people. everyone must be able to communicate. they must be able to talk and send data between each other and it's very important that the people in washington, our leaders and elected officials take a leadership position and provide us with the tools so we can make our communities at home safe. >> thank you, chief lane. i introduce chief bob hendricks.
for president and people here in florida and for people all across the united states of america. [cheers and applause] >> i seem to remember coming to tampa two weeks before the election. and you know what i said, this is a quote. people can check. i'm sure it was reported in the newspapers. i said change never comes without a fight. that was true then. it's true now. change never comes without a fight, florida. so i won't stop fighting. i know you won't either. we aren't going to stop fighting to give our kids a world class education, to make college more affordable to make sure that by 2020 we have the highest rate of college attendance than any country in the world. [cheers and applause] >> so we propose that graduates should only pay 10% of their income to pay back their student loans. [cheers and applause] >> and what i have said is we'll forgive student loan after 20 years. but after 10, if you choose a career in public service and if you decide you want to be a teacher, if you decide you want to be a cop, if you're not making huge amounts of money, we don't want to discourage you
for the night states -- the united states need to direct -- differentiate among different countries in the hemisphere. we have different priorities now. we are slow in washington on the hill and in the white house to come to that understanding. host: what is the political landscape in latin america? how has the landscape changed politically down there? guest: there is a much more diverse ideological group of countries such as venezuela and ecuador and bolivia which are not very friendly to the united states or to the market economy. on the other hand, we have a prpragmatic president likelula in central america. we have the problem of cuba and we have a terrible problem with haiti. host: on the issue of haiti, there is an article about a question of commitment and can the united states lead a long effort to rebuild haiti. what will the u.s. effort their say about our overall commitment to latin america in general? guest: the united states is best served by multilateral action. for example, the united nations peacekeeping force in haiti has been let for a number of years successfully
was active during the haiti-ç-another thing i want t know is the united states -- united nations isçó a criminal organization. it's responsible for the spread+ of the swine flu. it was pattening -- peatenting it as well.ko this is an effort to -- host: tony, you believe the united states has patented swine flu and responsible for spreading it? >> i don't know if the united states. i think the world health organization. host: why would they do that? caller: because they practice in genocide. they want to reduce the populationç by 80%. this is all part ofñ)ççw3;3 agenda.t( agenda 21.ç >> we'll leaveç this segmentçm the "washingtonç journal" and take you live to the white house. president obama will speak about haiti relief efforts. >> good morning, everybody. i have directed myç administration to launch a swift, coordinated, and aggressive effort to save lives and support the recovery inç haiti. the losses that have been suffered in haiti are nothing less than devastating. in responding to disaster of this magnitude will require every elementçç of our nation capa
, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker: the house will come to order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, rabbi galstein. the chaplain: our god and god of all of all of our ancestors, we ask that the light of your presence guide the hearts and linds of the leaders of this great nation gathered here today. may the wisdom of your teachings guide them to act for justice and to lift up the stranger, the orphan and the widow. open the hearts of our leaders with your compassion. help them to lead with integrity always remembering that your wisdom resides in every heart as the deepest truth of our humanity. may our leaders always remember that your guidance is not in the heavens alone nor far beyond the seas but within each of us, in our mouths and in our hearts to carry into action in the world. may our leaders, therefore, serve as beacons of justice and compass
that he said last night, just like in the united states we respect the religious rights of a community i think the haitians are catholic, christians, and people who believe what is in their right. host: are you haitian? caller: yes, i am. i came over as a kid. we fought alongside the americans in savannah, georgia. we share it -- we shed blood for this country. what mr. robinson said last i was really offensive. -- what mr. robertson. we send money back to haiti every year. there are 55,000 families that are affected by that. it is about 24%. we said about $2 billion every year. we pay our taxes and are good citizens. you can see by looking at the people like wyclef jean, the guy playing basketball, the political director of the white house. we are contributing to society. host: much money do you personally send back? is that nationwide how much patience brink -- send back to haiti? -- is that how much haitians send back? caller: myself i collect money from people for political education and civil society groups. four times a week i do training via skype to organizations. we are all doin
. the clerk: a bill to designate facility of the united states postal service located at 1210 west main street in riverhead, new york, as the private first class garfield m. langhorn post office building. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is the question on suspending the rules and agreeing to house concurrent resolution 158 as amended which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 158, early detection month for breast cancer and all forms of cancer. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to the concurrent resolution as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the concur
, to our united states citizens, and to all of those who have been affected by this catastrophe, those who have lost loved ones, who were injured, and just know the congressional black caucus historically has worked with haiti and haitian american community. many of us have traveled to the country multiple times. during the current crisis, the cbc will continue to work closely with the obama administration and outside organizations to provide whatever assistance it can to the ongoing relief and recovery efforts. also, let me thank the men and women who are responding as first responders, those from haiti, those from the international community, our own government officials, our neighbors in the caribbean, and in latin america. i want to thank them for their immediate response, and just know that we are supporting your continued work to assist those affected by this calamity. let me conclude by saying before i ask members to come speak that today we just passed, and i am very pleased that the house of representatives passed in a bipartisan way a resolution as relates to haiti that sets fort
in the financial sector and in the united states is well known. typically the problem is some kind of oversight, even the attempted bomber on christmas and the national security problems we have had for the last few years. regulation that is required or needed to be overlooked -- needed could be overlooked. thank you. host: the vice chairman of the fed spoke at the conference in atlanta. in "the financial times" they reported, "the fed has been working internally for months on how, when the time comes, they would put an end to the exceptionally loose monetary policy adopted since 2008. that exit strategy is delicate for economic reasons, not least the $100 billion in excess reserves formed by the fed's massive increase to the size of its balance sheet. the fed has taken pains to emphasize that the proof -- preparation does not indicate an imminent change in strategy, as recover -- recovery remains anemic." md., -- excuse me, california. democratic line. gary. hello there. caller: basically what i believe is that this is simpler and i wanted to touch on something, historic leading interest rates
to the growing threat that al qaeda posed to the united states and apparently failed to target sufficient resources at this threat. the intelligence reform act provides ample authority to insure the maximum availability to intelligence information within the intelligence community. intelligence regarding the threat posed by major hasan remains stovepipe at the fbi joint terrorism task force instead of being provided to the the fdepartment of defense o prevent that attack. the law directs the dni to disseminate the information that include intelligence integration capabilities. here again, the intelligence that may have allowed us to identify abdulmutallab as a terrorist remained undiscovered in many databases. disseminated, those dots were out there. there were not disseminated, but they were not connected. the law provides the secretary of state with clear authority to revoke a visa at any time at her discretion. yet abdulmutallab's these that remained valid one aborted flight 253. the state department had already decided to question him about his ties to extremists. i would asked, how c
are great, but we are now in a pool with all the cities around the united states. i really hope that you would consider a block grant formula, or something that could allow cities as small as 50,000 to have direct access to some funds so that we get to decide where it gets to go. >> congress will decide how this money is going to be structured. i suspect that there will be a real demand with unemployment still at 10% to really try to get it out quickly. i take your point, and if we have anything to say about it we will make the case, but i think the new jobs bill will be structured pretty much the way the current one is. >> thank you. >> yes? >> secretary, i appreciate you coming out and talking with us today. i was born in 1988, so i think the odds are good that i am the youngest mayor in the room today. i am from muskogee, okla. where about 40,000 people are just south of tulsa. our big administration thing is to work, all of that. we have all of the forms of transportation, real way, airport, port, you name it. i have seen people talk about transportation my entire life. what is the f
. we were not necessarily holding out the united states as a model, nor were we saying the united states has done everything wrong and you should not do what we do. so the implementation issues are what seem to be striking a lot of questions with them, and they were very interested to learn more about how would we in this country implement some of the programs and how some of the problems were identified. >> audience questions? the man in the blue-ma'am, in the blue coat? we have a microphone, over. >> this to answer your question that you would just getting at -- what we have seen in the discussion with different countries, i have seen three sort of reactions orq differences. the first one is values, the second one is implementation. the third is influence. values -- there is a difference between the u.s. in perceptions of fairness and why are people pour? in the u.s., where you have a bottle of individual effort and the focus on work, about 2/3 of the population, according to these surveys, believe that the poor are poor because they are essentially lazy, that they are not makin
without some of the concerns that you might have as an american citizen in the united states who was under arrest for robbing a convenience store or something strikes me as a pretty wrongheaded way to conduct a war. i am troubled by that and i hope that the administration will move in the direction of clearing up this confusion. i have found from top to bottom in iraq concern among military people about this state of confusion with regard to a detention and attainment. -- detainment. >> i share senator mcconnell concerns. it was very clear that there was uncertainty among our military personnel as to how they are required now and going to be required in the future to deal with the handling of detainees. i wanted to make several points. first, it was very clear that the morale of our troops is very high. we have a tremendous fighting force in afghanistan and a very, very committed american soldiers who are doing their job. one of the impressive things i noted was where our troops have moved into a region. they have been successful in achieving their objective so far. their first objective w
welcome the support of the united states and other partners at strengthening the capability and strength and leadership of the afghan national security forces. during the next two-three years, we intend to focus on gradually assuming the responsibility of security in parts of our country. this will allow our international partners to eventually move their forces out of the parts secured by our own forces. we will spare no effort to and sacrifice to leave the security of our country all over afghanistan. regrettably, civilian casualties' continue to be a great concern. we should put the protection of people's lives and property at the top of their agenda. we should do our best to minimize the need for nightly raids. such raids may take place only under special circumstances. the afghan people demand that such operations are conducted by afghan forces. we must ensure the security of the afghan state. we must bring its in line with the laws of afghanistan. national sovereignty also requires demonstrating commitment to to justice. afghanistan wants to work with the united states and with nat
rules to assure ourselves that we can avoid the kind housing bubble that had in the united states. certainly, debt levels in canada are on the high side. there are nowhere near the kind of situation we have seen in the united states. i do think families out there should remember -- mortgage rates really are at not just historic lows but unusual lows. it is inevitable that interest rates will be higher. families should budget accordingly. >> the deficit is forecast for $56 billion. you seem to be telling us that we can move forward and cover-up this deficit without tax hikes. >> we need to exercise discipline. we have to put our deficit into perspective. it sounds large. our deficit is one of the smallest in the world. and we have low debt levels. there was a spiral in the 1980's and the 19th mid 90's. we have had a tough economic times to help people and to help the unemployed, help stimulate job creation. when the recession ends, we have to reestablish fiscal discipline. we will not be raising taxes, but will be making sure growth is very much contained in the future and? the tax
of sustained growth in the history of the united states. looking back on that, what did people complain about? the distribution of income and they say this and that about the period -- but that was the best period for macroeconomic stability. problems of education, productivity growth, those things were problems that create the difficulties in the distribution of income that people didn't like. the other part of the question -- i am sorry -- " but you know what, i forgot it myself. we will move on to missouri, roger on the democratic line. caller: i'm really pleased to have the opportunity to speak. when i started my economics and number of decades ago we talked a lot about federal reserve open market operations and i hear and read almost nothing about that except small, almost footnote in "the wall street journal" every day. could you discuss what open market operations play in the equation and how? guest: they are the main thing the federal reserve does. they said a 0-25% interest rate and to keep that they have to buy or sell. what they are doing now is they are buying mortgages, those are
but this is a guess, the downturn in the united states was the longest 23 months at best 22, the worst 24 and deepest since world war ii but the deepest for this episode is in parentheses if you take the trough as the second quarter last negative quarter of real gdp gdp is 3.7% which is any decline from peak to trough since world war ii. this was the longest in the u.s. and the deepest downturn that we ever had. now why? it's complicated. lots of things happen that went on. but i would isolate for purposes here a couple of major facets which are not adequate to describe the complicated interactions that went on in this downturn on like virtually any other business cycle that i have ever seen and studied. table three provide the kernel of thought. it's the financial factor in business cycle and this time and unusually so the american consumer in table three you see two asset-price bubbles bursting in the climb of real estate prices and stock prices over the great recession pro. uncomfortable because if you look at these numbers it was the biggest recession. it's a great recessions i'm going to call it
. if you have questions about our relationship with the international community or the united states ngo's working here in the country, would be glad to answer those questions. the general will be glad to answer questions about how the food is being delivered. how the military is performing in with their footprint is. we're glad to take any other questions, obviously. >> would you say getting american citizens out of haiti is an equal priority to helping haitians? >> that is correct. we of three equal priorities. one is rescue and recovery. many teams are working on the ground. one is getting our citizens back to the united states. the other is delivering assistance and supplies. their three jobs that have to be done concurrently. we cannot do one without doing the other. >> [inaudible] >> [inaudible] we are helping the haitian people. we're deeply engaged in that. we are expanding far more resources on providing assistance to the haitian people than on the other two priorities. but those have to go ahead. we cannot leave people, particularly on the rest and recovery, there is a limited
states of america. -- thank you, everybody. god bless the united states of america. [applause] ♪ ["hail to the chief"] ♪ ["hail to the chief"] >> president obama spent about an hour-and-a-half with house republicans at the legislative retreat in baltimore. it is an unusual but not unheard of even where the president visits with other members -- where the president visits with members of the other party. we have been listening to the president's remarks. the white house and republican leaders open it up to c-span cameras. we thank them for that. we will open our phone lines to you for your reactions. here is our plan. we will show you the remainder of this as the president leaves. we will then wait for the republican news conference we're expecting to start at any moment. we will bring that to you live and take your telephone calls. the republican conference chair said we hope to have a serious conversation with the president about our proposal. what do you think? is the conversation series? the first call is on the democrats' line. >> all i can say is, "way to go, obama." taking quest
, and aggressive effort to save lives. the people of haiti will have the full support of the united states in the urgent effort to rescue those trapped beneath the rubble and to deliver the humanitarian relief, the food, water, and medicine that haitians will need in the coming days. in that effort, our government, especially usaid and the departments of state and defense, are working closely together and with our partners in haiti, the region, and around the world. right now, our efforts are focused on several urgent priorities. first, we're working quickly to account for u.s. embassy personnel and their families in port-au-prince, swell the many american citizens who live and work in haiti. americans trying to locate family members in haiti are encouraged to contact the state department at 888-407-4747. i'm going to repeat that. 888-407-4747. second, we've mobilized resources to help rescue efforts. military overflights have assessed the damage and by early afternoon our civilian disaster relief assistance teams are beginning to arrive. search and rescue teams from florida, virginia, and
a month later, the congress of the united states voted to allow president bush to invade and occupy iraq. we now are in a second phase of the gop propaganda blitz, and it is even worse this time. this time the folks in massachusetts are the target. i'm a texan, i'm a democrat from texas, a state where we don't have a single democratic statewide official, which is directly opposite massachusetts. if you vote against the democratic candidate today, you will be joining the republicans in their attempt to bring down in their attempt to bring down this obama@@@@@@$v would come to an end parade of senate democrats failedg1ñ in massachusetts debate lose their to push through legislation. that means olympia snowe and susan collins would become two of the most powerful people on capitol hill. the republican line, good morning. caller: i would have to say that this election is somewhat like the shot heard round the world. this is the first election where the american populace and vettersw4÷ will say no to the oa and socialism machine. rvwi just watched with curiosit. i just hope that for the dem
absolutely say i would not be in the united states senate today without having been to haiti in 1982. i know there are americans all across the country that have been involved there and certainly are touched and saddened by what has occurred. it does seem like we have an opportunity to get this right. i appreciate the analysis that has been given and also appreciate the comments by my friend from connecticut. there is no question in my mind that we need to do whatever is necessary right now as far as supporting the resources in. the international community is in charge. there is no question that all of our efforts in the past to do good things in some ways undermine the government's. every volunteer group, every ó ngo, does what it does in haiti in spite of the government. we work around the government. that is what everyone does. the notion of building the government up in some form or fashion, that is an important concept. i think your reference to rwanda, which was dramatically different leadership -- it is a great example of what can happen. as i listen to the very good analysis about s
jeopardy today because the united states of america through its leaders have made a mistake. made a big mistake. we have decided to give our people more than we can afford to pay for. i regret telling you, that is another way of telling you how our problem became a reality. we've come to the conclusion that we cannot pay for this debt through growth alone, and we will start with that and dispose of that rather early in our deliberations because the numbers do not add up. you cannot say we're just going to change taxes. it will not work. and last observation is to say everything is on the table. if you are not yet a member, we have two or three vacancies we want to fill. . . i want to be on this is an american citizen. i hope you think that we can. we're willing to walk -- answer questions after my good friend, dr. alice, speaks. i want to say to the board and task force members, we have -- is wonderful the to found time to come. we will have a meeting. it is my privilege to introduce my partner in this effort, dr. alice -- dr. alice rivlin. [applause] >> i share it senator pete ob
people here in the united states should be able to do what we want to. as long as it is legal, that is as long as it is legal, that is what the constit >> we're going live now to capitol hill where president obama is to speak to the democratic caucus, which has been meeting on the economy and jobs. this is being held up the capital visitors' center, live on c-span. [applause] >> mr. president, on behalf of the chairman, the leadership of this house under the able direction of nancy pelosi, and the courageous work of each and every member of the house democratic caucus, we welcome you here to the congress of the audit states, the people's house. -- the congress of the united states, the people's house. [applause] we can proudly say each and every member of this body has worked to pass the three pillars of your agenda and we can say that with confidence because we have worked hard under the leadership of one of the ablest leaders of this country has ever seen and certainly the house of representatives has ever had a chance to experience, our speaker, our leader, nancy pelosi. [a
and the interest of the whole of russia. >> will rush to help the united states after it falls apart? -- will russia helped the united states after it falls apart? >> this will also affect us. the united states is the greatest power. we have relationships. partners. the world economy is connected with invisible threads to the economy of the united states. to which someone certain problems -- to wish someone certain problems, it would be better to be in a favorable world than a world of catastrophes. from the bottom of my heart, i congratulate you on your 55th birthday and wish you success. [applause] all the people in the studio support me in my congratulations. i worked at a factory and there are just wishes. i will leave them outside the program. one more question connected with the invalids who lost their functions. i have spoken about this. i will not repeat this bridge -- i will not repeat this. no one has the right to send in the lives -- invalids to be reassessed. why aren't all labor body people working? i agree with that. tthe gap between the large incomes and the minimal in
are about 600 miles. one of the largest congressional districts in the united states. some people said you haven't done enough town hall meetings on this since april 2 we have concentrated most of our town hall meetings, conferences on health care. everything from indian river to wmmu when we did simultaneous radio and tv in september. below the bridge. all the way through january 7 up here in houghton. we do these telephone town hall meetings. first week in february, probably the first wednesday are the next one. you can sign up to be on it. fill out the orange card. we'll get you on those calls. as know, i'm chairman of oversight and investigations of the energy and commerce committee. i'm starting my fourth year of investigation into the insurance industry. interest i have always had but underneath our charge of our committee these are some of the hearings we had. medicare advantage which you'll hear about tonight. predatory sales practice. may 15, 2008, we did nursing home standards. we passed the nursing home standard law 25 years ago. never had a hearing on it. we had the first one.
in the united states or small airport and not be subject to the same, strong safety requirements. yet driving from washington d.c. to may or washington state to arizona means passing through states that have weak drunk driving laws, did not ban text driving laws, did not ban text messaging, do not require that use a booster seat for your child, have life-threatening with -- life-threatening loopholes in teen driving laws and an adequate enforcement of seat belt and motorcycle helmet laws. and worst states, there were 10 in the green category. the top to in this category are the district of columbia, i got credit for 13.5 lost and the state of new jersey, with credit for 13 lost. the other states are illinois, thank you center, maryland, new york, north carolina, oregon, tennessee, minnesota, california, and washington. there are nine worst states this year. we added, unfortunately, six new states to that category. they are arizona, virginia, vt., pennsylvania, ohio, and nebraska. in order of ranking, the states in the worst category having fewer than half of these 15 basic laws are south dako
powerful groups in the united states. it is hard to imagine they will go away, and they serve a useful function in the group market. i would hope one of the things the exchanges can do would be to figure out exactly brokers are contributing in terms of value added, and make sure they are compensated. i don't see any need for 10% origination fees. it is like if you could buy through web-based travel platforms and still had to pay a travel agent -- you have heard me. >> we have time for questions from folks standing at the microphone. first in the back of the room. >> thank you to the panelists and the commonwealth fund for putting this together. my question is about the state exchanges. in terms of going to scale, this health care reform is proposing to put 30 million people into an exchange and that is a large scale. in terms of having it happen on day one, i wanted to ask you what have been the obstacles for more states taking on a running an exchange that would move us towards that scale, and looking at what those obstacles are, if you could look through the senate bill which puts it
as united states treasury secretary you were not involved in any decisions with respect to payments to a.i.g.'s counterparties and that you were not involved in any of the decisions concerning a.i.g.'s disclosure of those payments. those payments. i'd like to accept that at face value, mr. paulson, except the critical decisions concerning payments to counterparties were made after the passage of the emergency economic recovery act by congress at your request, and the emergency economic recovery act made the treasury secretary responsible for the use of funds authorized by congress. negotiations on the counterparty payments by the federal reserve bank of new york did not begin until november 6th, 2008. the funding of the payment of the counterclaims is backed by funds made available under the emergency economic recovery act. so mr. paulson, doesn't it make it your responsible to know how those funds were used? >> i think you will find, congressman, and i think t.a.r.p. reported this, that the t.a.r.p. investment, the $40 billion t.a.r.p. investment was equity and those funds did not go in
commented yesterday, the losses suffered in haiti are nothing less than devastating. the united states and countries around the globe are mobilizing everyçó available element of our national capacity. coalition army and naval forces, disaster response teams, portable hospitals, canine search and rescue teams and relief and medical supplies are streaming in from multiple compassionate nations. in this crisis, this needs of 80 are seemingly boundless. what the military is best able to provide isçó security, search and rescue capabilities, potable water and medical facilities. several coast guard cutters with their helicopters are also in the vicinity and providing similar support. this morning, the aircraft carrier uss carl vinson arrived outfitted with 19 helicopters, 51 hospital beds, three operating rooms, hundreds of thousands of gallons per day of water production capability and a significant capacity to deliver a disaster relief supplies. a company from the 82nd airborne division is on the ground to assist in security and also in distribution of meeting those needs. the rest of
in the united states. there's not much highway safety legislation in illinois that does not have his mark. we're pleased that he is here today to support the roadmap report. >> thank you. today more than 100 people will die on our nation's highways. it will happen tomorrow, too. just think about this. if there was a plane crash today and 100 people were killed, someone from every state in the nation was on that plane. it would be a phenomenal tragedy. it would be the leading news story throughout the world. the pictures of the people who died would be in every newspaper throughout the united states. how many days do you think it would take uof plane crashes where 100 people were killed before congress and the president would immediately have hearings, a joint session of congress, national addresses, to stop the plane crashes? i would say only a few. my former colleague, president obama, who served with for eight years in springfield, who co- sponsored seat belts laws with me, this is a top priority with him. he would be leading the nation in passing legislation. people would say -- what can w
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